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Erik Green

Associate professor, Lund University

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Research interests: Agrarian change, inequality and labour relations

My research interests focus on global history and the economic history of developing regions. More specifically I am fascinated by long term processes of economic and social development and the role of institutional, technological and political changes in these processes.  I have been working and published on issues related to labour history and coercion, the political-economy of industrialization and structural change, the legacy of settler colonies and long-term inequality.

Country Cases

Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Jutta Bolt Lund University
Erik Green Lund University
Ellen Hillbom Lund University
Mesfin Araya Lund University

Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe share strong geographic, historic and economic ties. Their commonalities include being land locked facing high transportation costs and the colonial experience of governance by the British South Africa Company. Further, they have a history of integrated markets including large flows of labour migration and in the period 1953-63 they were joined in the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. However, they also represent three distinct types of colonial economies: the peasant based (Malawi), the mineral dependent (Zambia) and the settler society (Zimbabwe). In this comparative study, we investigate the three territories’ economic interaction as well as their varieties in long-term income inequality trends.

Working Papers